Guest at the party

My friend Bénédicte of Carnet de Dessins has been participating in Julia Kay’s Portrait Party, and I sort of went along to the party as Benedicte’s guest.  I found Benedicte’s picture and began making several versions of it.  I’ve been following Degas’s dictum, “il faut refaire la même chose dix foix, cents fois….”  [“You must redo the same thing ten times, a hundred times.”]  I’ve got a bunch of versions so far, but none quite captures the lovely enigma of Bénédicte’s self-portrait photo.

I have been drawing and drawing.  There’s two portraits of Ben by other artists that I would love to rival, this one by Ujwala Prabhu and this one by Mariah Oneill.  But their drawings would be hard to beat.  Anyway, it’s intriguing how much mileage you can get from one photo — equally intriguing are the ways one’s mind reinvents an image after its own fashion.

Il faut refaire …. good thing I’ve got plenty of paper and pencils!


Motif Surfing in the Renaissance

Copying masterworks is one way both to learn and to delight in looking.  Just as I’ve made innumerable drawings of my sea shell, or my fish Pixel, or my favorite spot along my favorite walk — or let’s not forget the many drawings of Doll — so I discover I made more drawings of this lady than I realized.  She’s a Renaissance sculpture at the National Gallery of Art, and a charming gal even if she’s made of stone.